Happiness

Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?
by Jason F. McLennan
As we reimagine our future cities, we can make room for nature and humanity.
How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density
by Jay Walljasper
Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.
Book Review: After Landing Herself in ICU, This Woman Changed Her Lifestyle, and Built a Tiny House
by Abby Quillen
In building her tiny house, the author built a simpler and happier life.
Sit Still, Listen, and Accept Being a Target: What White Men Can Do in Times Like These
by Kevin Fong
From law enforcement officers to sports team owners, we're hearing plenty of stories of white men behaving badly. Even the most decent and principled ones have to exercise muscles of consciousness they haven’t needed to use before.
An Introvert Cooks Dinner for 80—and Learns Something About Community
by Shannon Hayes
I love my solitude. I also love my community. But my independent nature has never been unusual in this town.
When My Husband Was Fired, I Felt Shame—Then Gratitude
by Shannon Hayes
I had grown up identifying joblessness with shame and failure. But here we were, on the other side of the employment equation, and for the first moment in my grown-up life, everything felt … right.
To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors
by Panyin Conduah
When a group of volunteers walked the streets of Chicago's east side, they learned that gun violence was not the only problem plaguing their neighborhood.
Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm
by Kayla Schultz, Paul Dunn
See how Heyday Farm raises healthy animals in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.
Why I’m Staying In My Hometown (Even Though Everybody Knows What I Was Like as a Kid)
Brought on by the sound of a screaming child, I reflect on my past, my community, and how we can become our true selves without fleeing our roots.
7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief
by Shannan Stoll
It's not hard to bring a little more equality into each others' lives.
Beyond the CSA: Four Ways Communities Support Everything From Books to Beer
by Dana Drugmand
You know the model: Consumers purchase a share of the season’s harvest upfront and get a box of fresh produce each week from the farm. Now you can get your medicine that way too.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community
by Michelle Moore
“What if we, in this neighborhood of physical and structural violence, look for the light ... and amplify it?”
Four Ways to Build a Bee-Friendly Neighborhood
by Lindsay Williamson
Concerned neighbors are a common bane of urban beekeepers. But there are ways to sweeten the deal for them.
When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayes
After getting mad at her daughter for handing hard earned money to a street performer, "Radical Homemaker" Shannon Hayes considers what musicians bring to the local economy.